NBA Finals Spurs Dominate Heat Again On Brink Of

The process elimination is all but complete. Only the process of extinction remains for the champion Miami Heat. The San Antonio Spurs put them there. Resoundingly.Functioning at an efficiency that stunned most observers for the second straight game, San Antonio cut and spliced the Heat, embarrassing them again in a 107-86 shellacking in Game 4 for a commanding 3-1 series lead.A victory in San Antonio in Game 5 Sunday would avenge last year’s collapse to the Heat and give the Spurs their fifth championship.“I’m pleased that they performed as well as they did while we’ve been in Miami, and that’s about as far as it goes,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “Now we’ve got to go back home and play as well or better.”The Spurs smoked Miami in every conceivable fashion. LeBron James had 28 points, but they were inconsequential. Dwyane Wade looked beaten and had just 10 points. Meanwhile, everyone in a Spurs jersey scored, with Kawhi Leonard leading the way with 20 points and 14 rebounds. He was the best player on the floor again, after scoring 29 points in Game 3.“They smashed us,” James said. “Two straight home games got off to awful starts. They came in and were much better than us in these last two games. It’s just that simple.”Tony Parker added 19 points, and Tim Duncan had 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Spurs, who shot 57 percent from the field and are hitting 54 percent in the series. Boris Diaw was spectacular off the bench with 9 assists, and Patty Mills had 14 points off the bench.James, who battled cramps in Game 1, left the court and briefly returned to the locker room midway through the first quarter Thursday. But he had 10 quick points in the third quarter to bring Miami within 13. However, San Antonio pushed it to 81-57 after three and never looked back. read more

ADC Salutes the 2015 Defense Community Award Winners

first_imgADC is proud to announce the 2015 recipients of the Defense Community Awards, the association’s effort to recognize the achievements of communities and the leaders who support them. The winners will be recognized during the 2015 Defense Communities National Summit, June 22-24 in Washington.Here is a rundown of the 2015 winners by category:Community Leadership Award — Recognizes an individual whose outstanding leadership helps (1) drive the success of a base redevelopment project; and/or (2) build a military-community partnership to enhance the mission of an active installation. An honoree may be an elected or appointed (non-military) official at the state, regional or local level, a volunteer, or the chief executive officer of a local redevelopment authority (or equivalent organization).Steven Levesque, Executive Director, Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, Brunswick, MaineMilitary Leadership Award — Recognizes an individual from any branch of the military whose outstanding leadership has been essential in building and sustaining partnerships with defense communities that are home to active, realigning or closing installations. The nominee may be active or civilian military personnel who has played a role in defense community issues at any level and who demonstrates vision for establishing new models of partnerships across the country.Col. Chuck Hodges, Installation Commander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.Base Redevelopment Excellence Award — Recognizes a community or local redevelopment authority whose efforts (1) demonstrate leadership and vision to address the community’s specific economic needs following base realignment or closure; (2) have shown measurable results; (3) incorporate innovative public-private partnerships; and/or (4) serve as a model for other communities across the country.March Joint Powers Authority, Riverside, Calif.Community Excellence Award — Recognizes a community that is home to an active installation and which (1) demonstrates sustained and effective strategies to promote collaboration with the local installation; (2) contributes to measurable results in greater effectiveness of the installation’s military mission; (3) implements innovative military-community partnerships; and/or (4) serves as a model for other defense communities and states across the country.Dayton Development Coalition/State of OhioFort Polk Progress, Leesville, La.Installation Excellence Award — Recognizes a DOD installation from any military branch that has successfully built strong partnerships with communities, regions and/or states to (1) enhance community-military collaboration; (2) promote installation efficiency and innovation; (3) advance DOD energy efficiency goals; and/or (4) serve as a national model for community-military partnerships.Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.Congressional Leadership Award — Recognizes a sitting member of the U.S. Senate or U.S. House of Representatives whose leadership is essential to (1) support active, realigning or closing installations; (2) build partnerships between the military and communities; (3) advance policy issues that support defense communities across the country; and/or (4) support military families and veterans.Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.)Rep. Joe Courtney (D-Conn.)Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.)Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska)Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.)The ADC Awards Committee thanks all members and association partners that submitted nominations for participating in this year’s program. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Venezuela prison fire kills 68

first_imgFireA fire allegedly set during an attempted jailbreak from Venezuelan police holding cells killed 68 people on Wednesday, the country’s top prosecutor and an inmates’ rights group said.The blaze at the detention facility in Carabobo state is the latest in a“In light of the terrible events that took place in the Carabobo state police headquarters, where 68 people died in a presumed fire, we have appointed four prosecutors… to clarify these dramatic events,” chief prosecutor Tarek William Saab said on Twitter.Carlos Nieto, head of Una Ventana a la Libertad (A Window on Freedom), said that “some burned to death and others asphyxiated” after setting fire to mattresses and stealing a guard’s gun in an attempt to break out.The dead included two women thought to have been visiting the jail at the time of the incident, Nieto said.Rafael Lacava, the governor of Carabobo state, expressed his “consternation” over the events but did not provide a toll.“A serious and profound investigation has been initiated to find the causes and those responsible for these regrettable events,” he said on Twitter, expressing solidarity with relatives of those who died.Relatives of those being kept in the detention center tried to force their way into Carabobo state police headquarters. After one officer was injured by a stone, the crowd was dispersed by police firing tear gas.A video posted on Twitter showed dozens of people demanding information in front of police guarding the site.“I am a desperate mother. My son has been here a week. They have not given any information,” Dora Blanco told local media.Dire prison conditionsVenezuela’s prisons suffer from dire overcrowding and a shortage of basic supplies, struggling under the deepening economic crisis that is gripping the once-wealthy oil-producing country.Because of the lack of space in penitentiaries, convicts are often sent to police holding cells like the ones in Carabobo, meant to be used as temporary pens for suspects facing charges or court hearings, where detainees are supposed to spend a maximum of 48 hours.Nieto’s association estimated that the temporary detention centers were overfilled by five times their capacity.“All the police stations in Venezuela are facing similar or worse conditions of overcrowding, lack of food and disease,” he said.The association said 65 people died last year in the holding cells due to violence, malnutrition or tuberculosis.Two weeks ago, 58 detainees escaped holding cells on Margarita Island, a favored tourist spot, when a hole opened up in their facility’s wall. They were all soon recaptured.In August 2017, a riot left 37 dead and 14 wounded in police cells in the southern state of Amazonas, while an April 2017 clash between rival gangs left 12 dead and 11 injured in the Puente Ayala prison in the eastern city of Barcelona.A month before that, the remains of 14 people were found in a mass grave in the General Penitentiary of Venezuela, in San Juan de Los Morros in the country’s center.last_img read more

Google to Buy Social Mapping Startup Waze

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Waze is going the way of Google. The tech giant announced today that it is acquiring the free, crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app.Although Google did not disclose terms of the deal, earlier reports pegged the price at $1.3 billion. If true, Israel-based Waze would be Google’s fourth largest acquisition by dollar value. The idea is that buying Waze will eliminate a competitor and help solidify Google’s position as a leader in mobile mapping and navigation.For months, Waze was reportedly entertaining offers from other potential buyers including Apple and Facebook, which continues to lack any sort of substantial map offering. Google says Waze’s product development team will remain in Israel. Having to relocate to the U.S. reportedly was a sticking point in Waze’s negotiations with Facebook.Waze, which was launched five years ago, says its app is used in almost 200 countries with 70,000 volunteers who help edit maps and provide other details about construction, gasoline prices and detours. It has 50 million users worldwide.”Nothing practical will change here at Waze,” chief executive Noam Bardin reassured users in a statement online. “The same Waze people will continue to collaborate with you, and we will continue to innovate our product and services, making them more social, functional and helpful for everyday drivers. Our employees, managers, founders and I are all committed to our vision for many years to come.”Waze is seen by many as a free and more dynamic alternative to vehicle navigation products such as Garmin and TomTom, which use maps that aren’t updated in real time and can cost upwards of $130 per device.Related: Google and Facebook Said to be in Battle to Acquire Social Mapping App Waze Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 11, 2013 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more